Arsene Wenger says he may give Aaron Ramsey a rest in the coming weeks having been forced to field the Welshman from the bench yesterday following Mathieu Flamini’s early injury.
The game against Norwich, his sixteenth for club and country since August, was the first time the 22-year-old started on the bench this term having previously missed only a handful of minutes.
Despite becoming an integral part of the Gunners free-flowing football – he’s already turned water into 11 goals and a bucket of fish into 4 assists – the boss explained why he feels the need to treat his young protégé with kid gloves.
“We play seven games in 23 days, and that means we will need everybody. I could rest Ramsey a little bit because he has basically played every minute of the season and also the two international games for Wales.
With Santi Cazorla back in contention and several other injured players on the mend, the boss explained that giving a breather to some means opportunities for others to shine.
“It gives me an opportunity as well to give the players a little breather before they will get injured. I will juggle. Everybody will play. At the moment, don’t forget we still do not have Walcott, Chamberlain or Podolski.”
Reflecting on the 4-1 victory over Norwich which extends Arsenal’s spell at the top of the table and opens up a two point gap over Liverpool and Chelsea, the boss concluded:
“We have belief. The belief is strengthened by every win. We have come out of a long period where most of the time in recent years in October we were already looking forwards from being behind.
“At the moment we are in a better position, but there is a long way to go. We just have to focus on developing as a team and keep the solidarity we have.”22,839 views